Jeanne Missey Osgood, MA, is an educator: yoga/Pilates/fitness teacher, poetry enthusiast and puppeteer. She has created one-woman shows from her experiences and interests through her life. Memorizing, reciting and writing poetry as well as telling wisdom stories were an important part of explaining truths as both a student development practitioner in higher education, as a fitness director and yoga teacher. When her love of puppetry was explored more fully, and she learned to build puppets, she found that it was quite effective and entertaining to share the wisdom of poetry by having her puppets do most of the talking. She and her puppets now entertain audiences of all ages.
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Emily Dickinson and Carlo
(Foam Fabrication Puppets)
I am an Emily Dickinson enthusiast! Over the years I have memorized nearly 100 of the almost 2000 poems written by Dickinson. The sources of my presentation include: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Richard Sewall, PhD, The Poems of Emily Dickinson by R. W. Franklin,
very early editions of poetry in the public domain, A Companion to Emily Dickinson Edited by Martha Nell Smith and Mary Loeffelholz, Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family Feuds by Lyndall Gordon and an on-line edX course on American Poets from Harvard Professor Elisa New, PhD. The course covered who Emily Dickinson was, where she lived and how she wrote.
Practicing Puppetry - My first major event with friends at the Tucson Festival of books 2017 (unedited version)
Building Large Puppets
Processional Art and Pageant Puppetry Workshop with Alex and Sophia, Morinesio, Italy 2019
Shakespeare & Hamlet's Ghost
(Papier Mâché Puppets)
Just finished two course from edX: Hamlet's Ghost (Harvard), taught by Professor Stephen Greenblatt, and Shakespeare Matters (University of Adelaide), taught by Professor Lucy Potter to write, direct and perform, Shakespeare and Hamlet!
Cowboy Blue the Singing Cowboy
(Foam Fabrication Puppet)
It has been great fun learning the old tunes and poetry of the Singin' Cowboys from the Old West! Email Jeanne and Cowboy Blue for a performance and Sing-along of an era long gone.
Indonesian Puppet - 2017
University of Connecticut Puppet Arts Program
Hanuman from Indian Epic, The Ramayana
Valley of the Moon, Tucson - 2019